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Up Up! Farm and Film Fest Comes to Decorah for Spring
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Up Up! Farm and Film Fest Comes to Decorah for Spring

Cute pigs. Coconuts. Chickens and ducks...do I have your attention?

Just as spring awakens and the smell of soil once again rises from the fields, the Winneshiek Energy District and Seed Savers Exchange will bring the Up Up! Farm Film Fest to Decorah, IA April 13-23.

The Up Up! Film Fest explores themes of farming, land access, and rural livelihood and the connection of people to place.

The film fest is a project of the Greenhorns, a non-profit that supports young farmers in America. This festival has most recently been held at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference held in La Crosse, Wisconsin in February. It has also taken place in about dozen other cities across the U.S. and Canada. 

Stories about the determination of Maine dairy farmers, the life of a coconut, the holiness of chocolate, a small town boot maker, and more will explore the relationships between people and the land and rural communities they steward.

Up Up! Decorah is a FREE festival thanks to the support of the following organizations:

Screenings take place at a variety of places and times during the ten day festival period. Below are a few events you won't want to miss:

Wednesday, April 13:

Kickoff! At 12:15pm there will be a short film and discussion at Oneota Co-op Classroom Kitchen. Rendezvous at 7pm at the Courtyard and Cellar for Future Farmers in the Spotlight (40 min).

Thursday, April 14:

Green Drinks Decorah and Up Up! Film Fest bring you a short film about brownfield development followed by discussion. The event is at 5pm at Toppling Goliath Brewery.

Friday, April 15:

Farmer Happy Hour is at 5PM at Pulpit Rock Brewery followed by a 6pm feature length film at the Oneota Co-op Classroom.

Saturday, April 16:

Conscientious Carnivore Day. This day’s films tell about the animals that become meat and the people who raise them. From 1-2pm, Seed Savers Exchange will have a short film playing in their visitor’s center. T-Bock’s upstairs will host the rest of the films:

  • 3:30 Sharecroppers
  • 4:00 Pig Business
  • 6:30 American Meat
  • 8:30 Hana Ranch

Add a delicious grass-fed T-bock’s burger to the equation and you won’t want to leave!

Wednesday, April 20:

Rural Economies Day. Bring your lunch to the Oneota Co-op classroom at 12:15pm and enjoy a short about a small town boot-maker concerned about passing his trade to the next generation. At 6pm, T-Bock's upstairs will host two more films about rural business successes and challenges. 

Saturday, April 23:

Land Access Day - Luther College's Center for Sustainable Communities will host an afternoon of film and conversation about land stewardship and access. Sustainable Iowa Land Trust co-founder Suzan Erem will present and facilitate discussion about land access for young farmers in Iowa. Join us in celebrating Up Up! Decorah at our finale potluck held at 6pm at the Co-op Classroom.  

Find the full schedule of events click here.

Small towns, country churches, county fairs, folk dancing, quilt circles, frozen peas…none of it exists without farming! Let's celebrate. 

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  1. Imagine Northeast Iowa Support
    Imagine Northeast Iowa Support
    What a terrific event! Thanks for the post!
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    1. Kristin Eggen
      Thanks! Hope to see you there!
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